These 10 movies blew me away. While some of you have seen some of them, most of you haven’t seen all of them. If you’re looking for something to add to your queue, you should check these movies out.
1. Dancer in the Dark
Bjork was both charismatic and vulnerable as a devoted mother who is losing her sight but has to keep that fact hidden to protect her job and her son. It’s a great story that is made even greater when the characters suddenly burst into song. This movie made me ball my eyes out, too. Check out how the rhythm of the train becomes the rhythm of the song in “I’ve Seen It All”:
Warning–not for the faint of heart. Oldboy is a hyper-bizarre Korean movie that’s uber-violent but also amazingly creative with many twists and turns that will leave you speechless. Think Kill Bill without all of the tender, cuddly moments. The trailer:
3. City of God
A Brazilian movie set in the favelas of Rio, City of God is fast-paced and has great characters and storytelling. This movie grabbed me in the first scene and never let go. The opening:
The last two movies were very grim; Sleeper will definitely lighten the mood. It’s Woody Allen at his silliest, as a nerd who is awakened 200 years in the future. The trailer is funny in its own right as Allen jokes around about what the movie’s about:
5. Withnail and I
Two drunken Englishmen go on holiday to a deserted cottage, bitching and moaning the entire time. The part about the chicken had me laughing so much it brought tears to my eyes: “I’m starving. How can we make it die?” The tearoom:
I’m not even into dance, but this Robert Altman movie about a ballet company had such compelling dancing scenes that I was mesmerized, and its loose structure seems like a documentary at times. It has funny moments tucked in here and there, like when the company’s artistic director keeps complaining about all the chairs left sitting around everywhere. One of the dance scenes:
7. Box of Moonlight
8. The Up Series
I fell in love with Neil, a vivacious, intelligent 7-year-old, in the first film of this series, Seven Up. My husband and I both predicted he would be the most successful of the group. It was fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking to see the changes in his life, as well as those of the other British children in this documentary series. Since 1964, the series has been interviewing them about their lives every seven years. The first movie states the motto, “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man,” but the children’s lives were not so predictable after all. 56 Up should be coming out in 2012. The trailer for 49 Up:
This movie became quite well-known when it won an Oscar for the song “Falling Slowly,” but I still wanted to include it on the list. This incredibly sweet tale of an Irish busker and the Czech musician he collaborates with and grows close to combines great music with a sense of what day-to-day life is like in Dublin. Oh, how I wanted Guy and Girl to get together.
10. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
“Show me a happy man, and I’ll show you a disaster waiting to happen.” In this movie, the lives of a group of New Yorkers intersect in their search for happiness, which comes and goes at random. Clea DuVall played my favorite character, an optimistic young woman who has something terrible happen to her. The trailer:
My husband made a plug for his favorite movie, Zardoz, to make the list, but stay away; it’s dreadful!
Love them? Hate them? Which movies would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments.
Update: 10 more movies you’ve never seen, but should